Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Bloomsbury acquires Continuum

. . . some positive news in the world of publishing. I understand that - yesterday - Bloomsbury has acquired Continuum. Bloomsbury is perhaps best known for publishing the Harry Potter novels, but the publishing house has begun publishing some excellent academic titles (as "Bloomsbury Academic") and one would imagine that the acquisition of Continuum will contribute to a strong list.

2 comments:

Ben said...

It's news, but not immediately obvious to me that it's positive (or negative). I've known Continuum to have published some good stuff. This may be good for Bloomsbury, if it boosts their academic side, but might it not also turn out bad for Continuum? I think I'll adopt a 'wait and see' policy...

The Brooks Blog said...

I believe this will be fantastic news for Continuum. One negative about the market is that there have been several acquisitions and, indeed, Continuum had an ambitious string of acquisitions of other smaller publishing houses (e.g., Sheffield Academic Press, etc) several years ago. I think that together the two will flourish and each will benefit from the other's contacts, marketing team, etc. I also suspect we may see a name change, but I've not seen anything confirmed on that yet. I will post updates when I have them.